IU Falls at Northwestern in Big Ten Opener

    Go Hoosiers! Stephen Houston finished with 11 carries, 91 rushing yards and one touchdown.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Stephen Houston finished with 11 carries, 91 rushing yards and one touchdown.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 29, 2012

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    EVANSTON, Ill. - Indiana scored 29 second-half points to rally and pull within one possession of Northwestern before falling to the Wildcats, 44-29, on Saturday.

    After tough sledding in the first half, the Indiana (2-2, 0-1) offense kicked into gear in the third quarter as running back Stephen Houston started the Hoosier scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run with 9:24 remaining. The Houston score capped a nine play, 75-yard drive.

    On Northwestern's (5-0, 1-0) next possession, IU defensive end John Laihinen caused a Venric Mark fumble and defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr. scooped it up for Indiana.

    The Hoosiers took full advantage of the miscue as true freshman quarterback Nate Sudfeld connected with Kofi Hughes for a 35-yard touchdown strike. IU trailed by just two possessions, 27-14.

    Northwestern responded with a touchdown drive, but Indiana struck right back as true freshman Tevin Coleman returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards.

    After an NU field goal with 1:16 left in the third, Indiana trailed, 37-21. The Hoosier offense was not done, as D'Angelo Roberts scored his first touchdown of the season on a 2-yard run and Hughes ran it in on a reverse for the two-point conversion to put IU within a possession, 37-29, with 14:06 remaining.

    That was as close as IU would come as Northwestern's Kain Colter helped to ice the game when he scored on a 22-yard run with just over five minutes left for the final margin. The Hoosiers then drove to the Northwestern 4-yard line, but the Wildcats stopped them there and ran out the clock.

    Sudfeld finished the game completing 9-of-16 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. Hughes collected his second career 100-yard receiving game, leading the team 110 yards on five catches. Cody Latimer also had a big day receiving, catching four balls for 97 yards.

    Houston paced the IU running game with 91 yards on 11 carries (8.3 average). Safety Mark Murphy led Indiana with 11 tackles, while defensive tackle Adam Replogle added nine tackles and two tackles for loss.

    The Hoosiers will return to Bloomington on Saturday, Oct. 6, for their 100th Homecoming game against Michigan State. That game will kickoff at noon ET and BTN will televise the contest.




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